[Klug-general] Alan Turing Pardon Petition
dungeons88 at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 2 09:55:37 UTC 2009
Ben Keeley said 'Welcome to the Kent Linux User Group website. If you are interested in
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I went through a similar period of puzzlement as a disagreement,
on much stronger terms, broke out when I first joined KLUG mailing list
I've come to the conclusion that these folks know each other well enough to know where their boundaries are,
but sometimes forget [?] how open the whole internet facade is to others, not so well known to the group
It still comes across as riddled with pedantry, but is very informative
I posted my support for the Turing partition, as, were it not for the posting,
A) I wouldn't have known about it, or the Bletchley show
B) I wouldn't have been able to put it on the Puppylinux forum and get more support from there
Somehow I can't help wondering if it might have been better for the family, if an alternate petition
for an honorary professorship might have been better?
I still don't quite believe the suicide story - we had another one of them recently, Dr David Kelly,
that seemed part of 'the way things are done'
On a more positive note, and as a matter of interest, I had a brief use of the 'secret bunker' war rooms
at Dollis Hill, [GPO research station] many years ago, which we used as a recording studio,
though it is pretty well unknown that this was where the British computer was built by a team
led by Tommy Flowers that was later used at Bletchley Park for code breaking by Turing & team
It was an amazing place in its own right, being a [2nd WW] 'bomb-proof' shelter,
with its own huge Rolls Royce 3 phase generator, and 10,000 line telephone exchange
The air conditioning gas filter room was 1/2 the size of a football pitch - wink
My view on the posting - right on
If pedantry becomes narrowing of interest to the exclusion of alternates,
then linux is dead, and the world is lost IMHO
> Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:30:38 +0100
> From: box at yeleek.co.uk
> To: kent at mailman.lug.org.uk
> Subject: Re: [Klug-general] Alan Turing Pardon Petition
> 'Welcome to the Kent Linux User Group website. If you are interested in
> joining our friendly group of Open Source Software enthusiasts please
> signup to our mailing list.'
> George Prowse wrote:
> > James Blake wrote:
> >> Hi All
> >> I've been campaigning for a long time for an official pardon for
> >> Turing who, when facing prosecution in the UK for being homosexual,
> >> committed suicide rather than face chemical castration. My father was
> >> the headmaster of Wavendon School in the grounds of Bletchley Park
> >> where Turing worked to crack the German Enigma code (among others), so
> >> I've always had an interest in the man and his work. I know that this
> >> is a little 'off list' but if it wasn't for Turing we'd all still be
> >> using mechanical calculators and signing Deutschland über alles every
> >> morning...
> >> Alan Turing was one of our country's national heros hastening the end
> >> of the Second World War and, along with Von Neumann, making some of
> >> greatest contributions to the developing what is now considered a
> >> computer.
> >> A petition on the same site to save Bletchley Park elicited a direct
> >> response from the Prime Minister, it would be great if all of those
> >> interested in this great man and the shameful way he was treated could
> >> take the time to sign this petition.
> >> For those interested in cryptoanalysis and the part it played in
> >> defeating the Nazis in the Second World War, there is an exhibition
> >> this coming weekend at Bletchley Park celebrating the 70th anniversary
> >> of Turing's arrival:
> >> http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/event_detail.rhtm?cat=special&recID=567861
> >> If you're interested in Turing there have been several books written
> >> about him, but one of the best is David Leavitt's "The Man Who Knew
> >> Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer" (ISBN
> >> 978-0393052367)
> >> The petition for an official pardon for Turing can be found at:
> >> http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/
> >> James
> > There are some things that are close enough to the topic to warrant a
> > slight deviation but getting people to sign up for things - no matter
> > what the subject - is too far.
> > This subject is already on the klug website by you, why did you think it
> > warranted a second inclusion?
> > Also, can people STOP replying to emails and then changing the subject
> > to reflect another completely different subject, you need to create a
> > new email.
> > George
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